ONE of America’s most decorated riders, McLain Ward, won the thrilling five-star $401,000 Fidelity Investments Grand Prix in front of a full house at the Palm Beach International Arena on Saturday night.

Forty of the world’s best crossed the start timers to Anthony D’Ambrosio’s and Andy Christiansen’s first-round track with 12 posting perfect rounds to advance to a jump-off. USA Olympian Kent Farrington and Gazelle sat in the leading position on a time of 39.51 seconds when Ward entered the ring. To the roar of a home-country crowd, Ward and Noche de Ronda broke the timers double-clear and the ones to beat in 37.47 seconds.